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Video: July 4th Safety Tips, Brought to You by Pepper the Dog

Did you know that more pets get lost on July 4th than any other day? Yep, even normally well behaved pets sometimes freak out and run away. Here are our July 4th tips so you and your four-legged family member have a safe and happy holiday!

So what are you waiting for? Follow Pepper’s July 4th safety advice:


Microchip your pet. Even if your pet slips out of their collar, a microchip will identify a pet as yours and not a stray. Just make sure the microchip is registered. A microchip is only effective if it’s linked to a registry account complete with your up-to-date contact information.

Collar and Identification Tag

Even indoor pets need a collar and ID tag. While microchips are helpful, they require a pet professional with a microchip scanner. But a collar and ID tag make your animal instantly recognizable as someone’s pet. Complete the tag with your pet’s name and phone number.

Calming Aids

Thundershirts are a great way to calm pets who are easily spooked by foot traffic or fireworks. You can also speak to your vet about homeopathic and prescribed anti-anxiety solutions.


Give your pet a cozy place to retreat when they’re feeling stressed out. Close all your windows and doors to reduce potential escape routes and excess noise from crowds, music and fireworks. Also give your cat or dog access to cool water, a blanket and bed and their favorite toy.

Happy 4th of July!